Capacity Building & Education

EC Announces 2012 European Business Awards for the Environment Shortlist [viewed]

22 March 2012: The European Commission's (EC) Directorate-General for the Environment (DG Environment) has announced the shortlist for the 2012 European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE). Out of 156 submissions from 24 EU Member States and candidate countries, 14 have been selected as finalists for the awards, which are given to companies combining innovation, competitiveness and environmental performance.

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Event: CBD Inter-regional Workshop on Capacity-building for Liability and Redress [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop will address capacity building needs for the implementation of the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. Building on a series of regional workshops, the event will address complementary capacity building measures and provide an opportunity to exchange experiences relevant for domestic implementation of the Supplementary Protocol.  

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SPREP Hosts CITES Meeting for the Pacific [viewed]

7 March 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) hosted a meeting on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to discuss possible collaboration with CITES to develop model management plans for corals, dolphins and other marine life in the Pacific.

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Rio Conventions Pavilion Highlights Synergies [viewed]

19 March 2012: On the margins of the the first round of “informal-informal” consultations on the zero draft of the outcome document for Rio+20, the Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) organized a side-event highlighting the importance of the Rio Conventions Pavilion (Rio Pavilion) as a mechanism for emphasizing the synergies among the Rio Conventions.

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GEF SGP Showcases Activities in the Pacific [viewed]

15 March 2012: A regional meeting for the Global Environment Facility's Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) took place in the Pacific to provide training to national officers on the vision and strategy of the programme and SGP's results-based management framework.

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World Food Prize, Rockefeller Foundation Announce Agriculture Award [viewed]

3 February 2012: The World Food Prize Foundation is calling for nominations for a new international agriculture award intended to honor young field workers, the Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application. The inaugural US$10,000 annual award, endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation, will be presented in October 2012.   

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Event: International Conference on Agriculture and Environment [viewed]

This conference is organized around the theme "Agricultural Production and Economic Growth in Harmony with the Environment: A Shared Vision in the Context of Climate Change." It will be hosted by the Honduran Government and Zamorano University, with support from the Inter-American Institute on Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), the Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD), the Central American Commission on Agriculture (CAC), and several international organizations related to agriculture. The conference is intended to help prepare the eight Member States of the Central American Integration System (SICA) for negotiations on issues related to food, biomass and other agricultural production in upcoming global talks on biodiversity, biosafety and climate change, as well as the June 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20).  

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UNU, Japan Host Symposium on Nagoya Protocol Implementation [viewed]

8 March 2012: The UN University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan (MOFA) co-organized an international symposium on domestic measures to implement the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD).

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UK Designates 169th Ramsar Site [viewed]

15 March 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of the UK has designated the Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits, in Northamptonshire in England, as its 169th Wetland of International Importance.

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UNCCD Global Mechanism Launches Finance Info Kit [viewed]

15 March 2012: The Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has launched a Finance Info Kit, which seeks to deliver up-to-date information about financing sources, mechanisms and funds relevant for sustainable land management (SLM) and tips on how to access them.

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